From UK charity ‘Guide Dogs’, with input from Professor Keith Bright, a guide on designing inclusively that includes
– Components of Good Street Design
– Specific considerations such as Pedestrian Crossings, Movement, Speeds
– Principles of inclusion for the visually impaired
– and a list of other useful associated references at the end

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A useful resume and policy statement. Robust science and evidenced based practical guidance is needed
This is a document prepared from the perspective of Guide Dogs for the Blind, and provides useful data about blind and partially sighted people.

There is a passage on shared surfaces. Though is important to stress that the demands made on the performance of shared surfaces should be applied equally to streets with kerbs. There are very valid points made about the importance of slow speeds of 20mph or less.

The statement from the EHRC may mislead on what the duty on public authorities actually is. It states ..."All public authorities have a duty to ensure they meet the needs of disabled people, and actively involve disabled people in the design and delivery of their services." The authors may well wish there to be a moral duty to meet the needs, but the legal duty is different and is qualified by the expression "have due regard". It applies also to other "protected characteristics including age, and gender.

The full Public Sector Equality Duty is given in S149 of the Equality Act 2010....
(1)A public authority must, in the exercise of its functions, have due regard to the need to—
(a)eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under this Act;
(b)advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
(c)foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

The meaning of "due regard" is given in case law, such as Ali vs Newham 2010.

And at the moment, a majority of authorities have not had "due regard"
24th October 2015, 1:18 pm
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